Catch & Culture Vol. 13, No. 1


Vientiane, Lao PDR, 01 Apr 2007 - 30 Apr 2007

When it comes to giant river prawns, it seems farmers want an all male world in their ponds, as they have discovered that the chaps grow big and strong if there are no females to put them off their stride. So in Viet Nam researchers have been busy under the microscope performing sex-change surgery on males to turn them into females. These neo-females are producing only male offspring which, in turn, are growing faster than those in mixed company. There is still a long way to go with the research but the prospects are bright.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Sex-reversal technique to mass produce all-male giant freshwater prawns
  3. Landings from Tonle Sap dai fishery in 2006-07 above the 12-year average
  4. Learning from Myanmar's inland fisheries
  5. New approach to resolving old conflict over fishing gear
  6. An historical view of fisheries management at Siphandone, Lao PDR
  7. Ecological and social factors fuel decline in catch of two Probarbus species
  8. A conservation strategy for the Mekong giant catfish
  9. Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Programme - an early end maybe, but attitudes have changed
  10. Serious environmental disaster if Tonle Sap problems ignored
  11. Chinese scientists find source of the Mekong
  12. Lao scientists return from studies abroad
  13. Cambodian government presents award to Fisheries Programme
  14. Staff movements
  15. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Manager
  • Dr Suchart Ingthamjitr, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Virginia Addison, MRC Communications Officer

Design and cover illustration: Phannavanh Anoulack


The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission

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